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Sesonal Allergies

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Iowa’s four seasons each bring a myriad of symptoms for seasonal allergy suffers.  These symptoms can range from itchy eyes and throats, sinus headaches, a decreased sense of smell, fatigue, congested nasal passages, sneezing, wheezing or an increase in asthma, or  hives.

The key to managing these symptoms is to reduce your exposure to the allergy trigger, if it is known.  Often, you can attempt to correlate the onset of your symptoms with recent activities to try to come up with a possible trigger.

If your allergy is due to outdoor exposures to ragweed, which is prevalant in the fall, attempt to stay indoors, especially on windy days.  If mowing the lawn or working with weeds or gardening chores, where a mask.  When you come inside, remove your clothing and shower to rinse the allergens from your body and hair.  If you are unable to immediately shower, make sure [ ... ]

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What is a Clinic Referral Nurse?

When patients receive a referral from their provider for testing at another facility or to see a specialist, the referral nurse at Adair County Medical Clinics will help set up those appointments for our patients.

When necessary, the referral nurse will contact the patient’s insurance provider to ensure that the specialist is “In Network” prior to making the official referral.  This includes contacting the insurance company to get prior authorization or verifying by website before scheduling with the specialist or testing facility.  In some cases, it can take up to 16 business days for the insurance company to grant a prior authorization.  If the prior authorization for the referral is denied by the insurance company, the referral nurse will contact the insurance company again and provide further documentation or conduct a peer-to-peer phone call.  In some cases, the insurance company requests other testing before prior authorization can be granted.  An example [ ... ]

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Mental Health in Rural Iowa

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Mental Health in Rural Iowa

Mental disorders/health concerns have been recognized as a major rural health priority.

At the least, 50% of the world’s population will be impacted by a mental disorder.

Mental Health…

involves effective functioning in daily activities resulting in

Productive activities (work, school, caregiving)
Healthy relationships
Ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity

Mental Illness…

refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders – health conditions involving:

Significant changes in thinking, emotion and/or behavior
Distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities

Mental health is the foundation for thinking, communication, learning, resilience and self-esteem. Mental health is also key to relationships, personal and emotional well-being and contributing to community or society.

Mental disorders include three major categories of mental illness:

1. Schizophrenia

2. [ ... ]

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Getting Care During and After Allergic Reaction

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What was that? Was that a bee? It just bit me!! I’m allergic. What do I do?

What would you do? Well, if you know you have an allergy to bees, then you have been bit before! The symptoms of an allergic reaction can be mild to severe. Starting with the most severe:

“ANAPHYLACTIC” reaction. This is a biggie! The most common causes of anaphylaxis are food, medications, chemicals, insects, or latex.  There are more, but these are the most common.  Symptoms of anaphylaxis are: shortness of breath, voice changing, making a “wheezing” sound from the lungs or throat, tongue swelling, itchy throat, vomiting, a feeling of losing consciousness, or swelling of the hands and/or face.

Remedies: If you see someone or you are experiencing these symptoms, please dial 911. You will be taken to an emergency room for emergency care, which would include reversing the symptoms with [ ... ]

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Outdoor Exercise – Starting Slow and Getting Ready

If you are like most of us in the Midwest, you are ready for spring to arrive!  Spring is the season where we end our months-long hibernation, see our neighbors again, and finally start the exercise program we have been thinking about all winter long.  We know the numerous physical and mental benefits of regular exercise, and even simple activities like walking for 20 to 30 minutes most days of the week can make a big difference.  But what about those aches and pains after the first week?  How much is too much?

Here are three tips for getting back in shape this spring and avoiding injuries:

Start slow and increase in moderation

Most experts recommend allowing a full day of rest between exercise sessions meaning Monday, Wednesday, and Friday would be a good place to start.  Each week your overall activity should only increase by 10-20%.  For example, if you start [ ... ]

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Gluten Free Recipe – Chicken with Creamy Parmesan and Spaghetti Squash

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Since becoming gluten free 7 years ago, the meal I long for is fettucine alfredo.  Of course, I have tried many kinds of the gluten free pasta (Barilla is my favorite) – but I have recently discovered that I prefer spaghetti squash as a substitute for pasta.  Not only is better for you – it tastes great too!

Below is one of my favorite NEW recipes.

Chicken with Creamy Parmesan and Spaghetti Squash – Serves 4

Ingredients
What you will need:

· 3/12 pounds spaghetti squash
· Olive Oil
· 6 chicken thighs
· Salt
· ¼ teaspoon dried basil
· Black Pepper
· ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
· Aluminum Foil
· ⅛ teaspoon dried rosemary
· 2 baking sheets
· ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
· 12” large high-side pan
· 8 ounces spinach

· 1 tablespoon minced garlic

· 3 packets unsalted butter

· ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

· 3 tablespoons white wine

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Why Use a Pain Clinic?

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Chronic pain is, unfortunately, part of many people’s everyday lives and how best to treat it can be challenging. Pain clinics have become more common and have been getting a lot of press but with this comes questions: What exactly is a pain clinic and what do they do there? What types of providers do they have? What can I expect if I go there? How can I be referred to one? We’ll look at these questions as we explore the benefits of using a pain clinic.

What exactly is a Pain Clinic and what do they do there?
Typically pain management clinics are clinics where pain management specialists offer evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of diverse types of pain. Pain encompasses a wide spectrum of disorders, both acute and chronic. Arthritis, back pain, and cancer related pain are common diseases that are treated. Pain can also occur due to a reason like surgery, injury, damage to a nerve, or other medical problems like a migraine and diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain most commonly affecting the feet). At times, pain can arise and no source can be found, which can be frustrating for patients. Pain clinics offer a variety of ways to help treat pain. Oral medications, nerve blocks, spinal injections, and other interventional techniques may be used. The treatment of pain is complex, and the modalities available [ ... ]

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Depression – Not a Normal Part of Aging

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Many do not realize the signs and symptoms of depression.  Often they are thought to be a normal part of aging, but there not! The following are signs and symptoms which may indicate its time to talk to someone:

Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
Feelings of sadness or grief lasting more than two weeks
Loss of energy, feeling tired all the time
Physical symptoms that can’t otherwise be explained (headaches, stomach aches, constipation, etc.)
Feelings of worthlessness
Feelings of hopelessness
Feelings of guilt
Not able to concentrate or think clearly
Changes in appetite (either eating too much or too little)
Changes in sleeping patterns (sleeping too much or too little)

Quality of life does not have to stop as you age, there is help! Call 641-743-7202 for more information.

Written By Tarrah Holliday, RN – Senior [ ... ]

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Diabetes Alert Day – Know your risk!

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Do you know what day March 27, 2018 is?  It is an important date!  It is Diabetes Alert Day!

You may be asking yourself, “Why is this important to me?”

One in three Americans are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications such as kidney disease, blindness, and amputations.  But the good news is that diabetes does not have to be permanent, it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications.

You can take the diabetic risk test to determine if you are at risk and should consult with your physician.

Link to test: http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/

Written By Linda Kerns, LPN

Assistant Health Coach

The information provided on the Adair County Health System’s Blog is not a substitute for professional medical advice and care. If you have specific needs, please see a professional health care provider.
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Colorectal Cancer Rarely Causes Symptoms

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What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the out of control growth of cells in the colon or rectum.  These cells grow into masses, or tumors.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the USA and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

Did you know??

Abdominal cancers include adrenocortical tumors, carcinomas of the stomach, cancer of the pancreas, colorectal carcinomas, carcinoid tumors, and gastrointestional stoma tumors.

All people age 50 or older with medicare are covered.

If you are forty and have a family history ask your doctor, or if you are 50—Early screening can be life saving.

Men and women alike get colon cancer, however, people at higher risk for developing colon [ ... ]

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